April 6, 2012 – 4:41 am

An eastern look at Jesus.

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Water Passion After St. Matthew [no label, 2CD]

Recorded at Auditorium del Parco della Musica, Roma (Italy), on April 29, 2011. Excellent FM broadcast.

Water Passion by Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun was first prepared for the Passion 2000 project and was performed live in Stuttgart presumably in 2002, the year it was released on CD. Consider this not classical music but a Chinese opera version of the Easter story - the Passion of the Christ.

Here is a recent 2011 performance of the Water Passion in Rome at the National Academy of Saint (St.) Cecilia, Chamber Music Season 2010-2011 which is as good as the official release. Here are what Amazon customers have said about the released version:

The concept for this contribution to the Passion 2000 project smacked so much of “political correctness” and world music crossover gimmickry that I almost passed it by. Tan Dun is a composer that intrigues me, but the idea of a Buddhist making understandable this most Christian of stories seemed quite a stretch to me. I shouldn’t have worried at all. I have heard three of the four works from the Passion 2000 project, and Tan Dun’s work is by far the deepest spiritually. It is an altogether remarkable work. - Christopher Forbes

I think this is a very sensitive and moving interpretation of the texts, and the inclusion of water into the score brings in so many images of life and of the Biblical narrative: the waters of the womb and of our planet, as well as the waters of the flood, the parting of the Sea of Reeds, the dew of Harmon, the waters of baptism. - David J Huber

Don’t think twice, this is excellent music for any music lover. After you’ve listened to this 2011 performance, consider buying the official release. This Rome concert was shared at Dime by survivor69. Click here to download the lossless version.

A big thanks to survivor69 for making this Rome performance available to music fans worldwide. Thanks also to fastone for the artwork.

FM radio broadcast by “Il Cartellone”, Radio 3 RAI [third channel of Italian national radio], on Sunday November 13, 2011, 22:01 hours [CET].

Lineage (FM > Hard Disc > web): ITT HiFi4060 Tuner > Audacity 1.3.13 Beta via C-Media CMI8738/C3DX soundcard > 44100hz/16bit flac’s [level 8] > dimeadozen.org

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 01. Baptism [Battesimo] 16.54 (27.0MB)
Track 02. Temptations [Tentazioni] 8.31 (13.6MB)
Track 03. Last Supper [Ultima cena] 9.59 (16.0MB)
Track 04. Water Cadenza [Cadenza d’Acqua] 2.31 (4.0MB)
Track 05. In The Garden Of Gethsemane [Nel giardino di Getsemani] 14.03 (22.5MB)

Disc 2
Track 06. Stone Song [Canto della pietra] 7.38 (12.2MB)
Track 07. Give Us Barabbas! [Dacci Barabba!] 8.53 (14.2MB)
Track 08. Death and Earthquake [Morte e terremoto] 5.17 (8.4MB)
Track 09. Water and Resurrection [Acqua e resurrezione] 9.27 (15.1MB)
Track 10. radio outro 1.47 (2.8MB)
TT: 85m

Tan Dun - conductor and composer
Maestro del Coro Ciro Visco - Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Maria Chiara Chizzoni - soprano voice
Renato Vielmi - bass voice
Wang Jiamin - violin
Amedeo Cicchese - cello
Chen Yuanlin - keyboards
Wang Beibei, Marco Bugarini, Edoardo Albino Giachino - percussion

Tan Dun released a version of this with Mark O’Connor on violin. Pretty good reviews by customers at Amazon. Buy it here.

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